Harvey is causing destruction and 'unprecedented' flooding in Texas --  here's what it looks like on the ground

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor in Texas on Saturday morning, with wind speeds as high as 209km/h.

The storm continues to slowly move inland, and has been downgraded to a tropical storm. As of 5am Sunday AEST, it was still packing maximum winds of 64km/h.

Officials anticipate that Harvey will continue dumping rain on Texas through for days, with expected rainfall between 38cm and 63cms in many places. A few isolated spots could see over a metre.

The National Hurricane Center is warning that flooding will be “catastrophic and life-threatening,” and the National Weather Service called the rainfall “unprecedented.”

Here’s what it looks like on the ground.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall just before 10 p.m. on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane.


Some areas in the storm's path, including Houston, are estimated to have gotten over 22 inches of rain already. Floodwaters are cresting 10 feet in some areas, submerging cars and homes, residents reported.

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Thousands of people evacuated their homes, some being pulled into boats from their rooftops the water had risen so high.

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But the total rainfall could reach over 4 feet in some places, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area.

Source: National Hurricane Center

Rainfall over 50 inches would topple Texas records. The NWS said 'the breadth and intensity of this rainfall is beyond anything experienced before and is resulting in catastrophic flooding.'

Roads turned to rivers as emergency responders rushed to rescue stranded drivers.

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Harvey is expected to stall over Texas for four days — which is why experts warn that dangerous floods and what could be record rainfall are still to come. On Sunday afternoon, Texas is only about halfway through the worst of the storm.

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The Weather Channel reported that Harvey pushed water 2 to 7 feet above average tide levels near the coastal town of Corpus Christi.

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Rockport, Texas has been hit especially hard. Reports suggest many buildings, including a senior center, court house, and high school, have been badly damaged, and debris are strewn everywhere.

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On Friday, Rockport's Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios told people staying in the area to 'mark their arm with a Sharpie pen with their name and Social Security number' in case rescuers needed to identify them.

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So far, one death has been confirmed in Rockport, and another was reported in Houston when a woman's car was submerged in water and she drowned trying to escape.

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The storm surge, the quick rise in water caused by a hurricane's strong winds, on the Texas coast crested several feet at the height of the storm. By Sunday afternoon, the storm surge warning was discontinued.

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Because strong winds, flooding, and debris on roadways have kept emergency crews from reaching many areas, it will be a while until a full assessment of damage can be done.

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Residents of Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Rockport, and others have been advised that it is not safe to return home right now, and it likely won't be for days.

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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times is reporting numerous road closures throughout the coastal area.

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The Corpus Christi Police Department reported on Twitter that numerous traffic lights are out, and many roads are full of debris and downed power lines.

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President Donald Trump commended the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, for his handling of the hurricane in a tweet on Saturday. 'You are doing a great job - the world is watching! Be safe,' Trump wrote.

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Some oil refineries in South Texas have shut down operations, which will likely cause the price of gasoline to spike.

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The National Weather Service is warning Texas residents to think of Harvey's intense rainfall as a marathon, not a sprint.

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